36 Perfumes carry ‘scent of Death

Greenpeace raises a stink over ‘dangerous’ perfumes

5504926”When you bought a gift for a loved one you didn’t expect that it would come with a dose of harmful chemicals. But by buying certain perfumes for Valentine’s day that’s exactly what you got,” said a spokesman for Greenpeace, the environmental group, last week.

The next time your boyfriend or girlfriend gives you perfume as a Valentine gift, think twice—he or she might be giving you a scent of “death.”

The environmental group Greenpeace said Monday that at least 36 well-known perfume brands contain chemicals that are hazardous to health and the environment.

At a press briefing at the Chicken Bacolod Restaurant in Quezon City, Francis de la Cruz, Greenpeace Southeast Asia toxics campaigner, said that phthalate esters and synthetic musks—two toxic man-made chemicals—are contained in several perfumes.

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400 Dangerous Lipsticks

Toxic_LipstickA new report lists over 400 popular shades of lipstick shown to contain higher than the average amount of lead, when examined by the U.S. government. While the FDA doesn’t mean to cause panic in your makeup bag, it’s pretty surprising to see some of the shades listed, I’ve owned a few of them in my lifetime—have you?

The latest findings are in response to inquiries made to the Food and Drug Administration, but none of them have been shown to contain a dangerous amount of lead, according to the FDA. Which is good news—since that favorite lipstick of yours is still considered safe to use, as these are reported to be trace levels according to the latest report.

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The lipstick brands that contain higher than the average amount of lead are:

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20 toxic ingredients to avoid

20 toxic ingredients to avoid when buying body care products and cosmetics.

systatika_kallyntikwnLabels on cosmetics and body care products are a tough code to crack. The industry is so shockingly unregulated that it’s usually impossible to trust the claims that manufacturers place on their products. A word such as “natural” can be used by anyone for anything. Even “organic” is misleading. Companies are supposed to use an organic label only if all ingredients are certified-organic, but they can also say it’s “made with organic” if it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients. Regardless, 30 percent still leaves a lot of room for toxins.

The whole industry has a “innocent-till-proven-guilty” approach to ingredients. Unless a chemical used in beauty products is proven to cause harm to human health, it is classified as GRAS, or “generally recognized as safe.” This classification is upheld by the U.S. FDA and hardly has the best interests of consumers at heart.

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